Ria David and Peter Hollnsteiner Raise Questions About the Safety of Lake Tekapo Kayakers

Days after the tragic loss of James Murphy and Daniel Hollnsteiner in the Lake Tekapo disaster, Daniel’s parents have spoken about the incident. Ria David and Peter Hollnsteiner were interviewed for Staton Island Live news site: Hollnsteiner’s parents said they have questions about what type of precautions the company took to ensure everyone’s safety. “These…

FCO Advises British World Cup Fans To “Be On The Ball”

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued advice to British fans travelling to New Zealand, advising them to “Be on the ball”  for the 2011 Rugby World Cup between 9 September and 23 October 2011. British people visiting New Zealand are advised to take out adequate insurance if participating in adventure activities (check out…

Adventure Tourism Safety – Kiwis Have Their Say

Yesterday we wrote about the highly critical UK inquest into the death of Emily Jordan, who died river boarding in New Zealand in 2008. We also blogged about Kawarau Jet Boat being fined $35,000 for safety breaches. There have been many more deaths and serious injuries since Emily died. Has anything changed since then? The…

Tourists Injured In Bay Of Islands Boat Incidents – Updated

(Scroll down for update) New Zealand’s reputation as a safe tourism destination took another blow today with a Northern Advocate report about several tourists being injured on commercially operated  “fast boat” rides in the Bay of Islands. The paper says that all the tourists were injured in the Excitor III, a 300 horsepower boat in…

Russian Tourist Dies After Diving Marlborough Sounds

Another foreign tourist has died in a tourism activity in New Zealand. This latest fatality was on 6 January during a guided dive in Port Gore at the top of the South Island, part of the Marlborough Sounds which also was the scene of the dolphin boat incident in December when an Australian tourist’s legs…